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Festive Holiday Crunch

Yield: about 14 cups (twenty-eight 1/2-cup servings)
Start to Finish 20 mins
Festive Holiday Crunch
  • 1 1/2  cups  powdered sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 8  cups  bite-size corn or rice square cereal
  • 1  cup  white baking pieces
  • 1/2  cup  cashew butter or smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4  cup  butter, cut up
  • 1/4  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1 1/2  cups  lightly salted cashews
  • 1 1/3  cups  dried cherries or cranberries and/or chopped dried apricots (about 6 ounces)

1. In a very large plastic bag, combine powdered sugar and nutmeg; set aside. Place cereal in a very large bowl; set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine white baking pieces, cashew butter, and butter. Stir over low heat until baking pieces and butter are melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

3. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture; carefully stir until cereal is evenly coated. Cool slightly. Add cereal mixture, half at a time, to powdered sugar mixture in bag and shake to coat. Add nuts and fruit. Shake just until combined. Pour into shallow baking pan lined with waxed paper to cool. Spoon into tall plastic containers; cover.

From the Test KitchenChocolate-Peanut Holiday Crunch:
  • Prepare as directed, except substitute 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for the nutmeg; peanuts for the cashews; dried fruit bits for the dried cherries; and peanut butter for the cashew butter.
Nutrition Facts (Festive Holiday Crunch)
  • cal. (kcal) 186,
  • Fat, total (g) 9,
  • chol. (mg) 6,
  • sat. fat (g) 3,
  • carb. (g) 24,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 3,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 13,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (IU) 389,
  • vit. C (mg) 2,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 2,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 60,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 140,
  • Potassium (mg) 124,
  • calcium (mg) 40,
  • iron (mg) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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